This was supposed to be one of the big match-up in the opening week of the new NBA season. But the Golden State Warriors proved to be on another level when they beat the Portland Trail Blazers via a blowout, 127-103 on the road.
Stephen Curry exploded in the second half on the way to a team-high 28 points with five three-pointers. Curry’s back up, Ian Clark had a career-game off the bench with 22 points and a perfect 8-of-8 from the field.
Kevin Durant added 20 for the Warriors squad, which trailed early in the game but took control starting in the second quarter.
Golden State had a narrow 59-53 lead at halftime but outscored the Trail Blazers, 41-20 in the third quarter. Mostly the damage came from Stephen Curry, who only had 5 points in the first half.
Damian Lillard once again played well against the Warriors with 31 points but shot just 8-of-19 from the field. Lillard also had little help from his teammates with C.J. McCollum scoring 16 points and two other players finishing in double-figure scoring but mostly came during garbage time.
Warriors beat Trail Blazers with hot shooting
As a team, the Warriors shot 56.2% from the field making 50-of-89 shots. They also outrebounded Portland, 45-32. Golden State played so well in the third they rested their starters in the fourth quarter.
This dominating performance was a great warm-up for the Warriors and Durant, who will be facing former teammate Russell Westbrook when Golden State hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
Stephen Curry and the Warriors have won three straight after losing their season opener to West rivals San Antonio Spurs.
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